NEW YORK, New York (Reuters) – The “hanging dolls” that have inspired a generation of children’s books are coming back.
“The HEDgings” are back in stores, but the dolls have been out of fashion since the 1970s, when the popular dolls were sold as part of the first wave of American consumerism.
Now, they are back with new designs.
They will be in a new version of the dolls called “The Heddles,” which will be available in stores on June 13, the publisher of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” told Reuters on Friday.
The dolls are in a revival mode.
A line of “heddles” that were made in 1977 is on display at a bookshop in Tokyo, Japan, June 10, 2020.
It’s not clear what prompted the revival of the toys.
Some people think the dolls are more appealing to young girls than the dolls that are more appropriate for a boy.
But other experts say the dolls were designed as an affordable fashion accessory that people could afford, especially if they were a girl.
As a kid, I loved the dolls, said Jennifer McElhaney, a writer who writes about childhood toys.
They were fun, and the toys they were made of were so pretty.
I’ve never worn one of the Heddle dolls, but I think that’s OK, because I didn’t wear one of them, either, said Lauren Zuker, who writes on fashion and culture for The Atlantic.
When I was younger, I wore the HEDtigers, and I think the idea of being able to do the same is very appealing to me, because of that nostalgia, she said.
And then, as I got older, I got into the more serious fashion of makeup and hair and the way people dress, and then I kind of took off my hair.
So I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, but it would be nice if I could find a place where I could buy a doll and put it on.
It would be really exciting, said Laura Smith, who is writing a memoir about her own childhood and how she fell in love with dolls.
For many of us, this was a great childhood toy, and it’s a really important childhood experience, said Heather Johnson, a psychologist who writes the book “Saving Barbie,” about the origins of Barbie.
If you look at the history of the ‘Heddles,’ and the history in general, it really began with the ’70s, and ’80s, that’s when dolls were popular,” Johnson said.
So it’s sort of a bit of a nostalgic thing.
People love dolls, so they think it’s the most important childhood toy.
There’s a lot of nostalgia around these dolls.
They’re not really about that anymore.
They are just a way to play, Johnson said, and for a lot people, that is the way they get to do that.
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